Derrida’s Of Grammatology (New Book, Not Out Yet)


To redeem myself for the earlier blunder, here’s another “new book” post – this one looks interesting in terms of possibly announcing a type of “commentary age” when it comes to Derrida’s work. I mean we already have some books dedicated to “the philosophy of Derrida” and various attempts to summarize or organize his thinking in terms of themes or pervasive and recurrent questions, but I don’t think I’ve seen too many books dedicated to commenting on specific works.

Indiana University Press is about to publish Arthur Bradley‘s book on Of Grammatology and announces it as “a concise introduction to Derrida’s Of Grammatology” – interesting… The book appears to be an introductory text and in 200 pages it will quickly introduce an amateur reader to the ideas of Of Grammatology. One blurb for the book (and the series) states:

The books in this series are specifically written for students reading philosophy for the first time. Focussing on passages most frequently taught at university level each book is a step-by-step guide to help you read the key texts from the history of philosophy with confidence and perception. Each book offers: a summary of the text; an overview of its key ideas; historical context; and a guide to further reading and study.Everything you need to know about “Derrida’s Of Grammatology” is in one volume. Jacques Derrida was one of the most famous and influential philosophers of the later twentieth century. First published in 1967, “Of Grammatology” is his best known text, introducing many fundamental concepts relating to linguistics and writing which he would develop in his later work. This book provides a commentary on “Of Grammatology” which can be read alongside – rather instead of – the text itself by students encountering Derrida for the first time.

Is that really so? Is Of Grammatology Derrida’s “best known text”? Or is it more like “best known of text” or “frequently mentioned as read text” or “frequently used to make an appropriate impression text”… Does “best known text” mean “the most influential”?

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